The Raleigh Commitment to Green
Greater Raleigh has become a pioneer of true sustainability. We’ve implemented a three-pronged strategy that insures we benefit our citizens and our economy along with the environment.
So we’re not just installing plug-in stations for hybrid and electric vehicles and reducing greenhouse gases, we’re making our buildings more efficient, reclaiming and recycling materials and resources, creating green jobs and improving our infrastructure, transportation, storm water management and parks and recreation. In fact, Raleigh was named the #2 Fasted-Growing Clean (Green) Economy Job Growth among 100 Largest Metros by The Brookings Instition.
It’s a three-level plan that’s made us the first LED City on the planet, and given us all a chance at a higher quality of life. These links will help you plug into the Raleigh green scene:
- • Raleigh is #10 Among Metro Areas with the Highest Share of Clean (Green) Economy Jobs (Raleigh-Cary) – The Brookings Institution, July 2011
- • Raleigh was named one of three winners of the 2011 Sustainable Community Award given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. (The prize is $20,000 worth of trees!) Learn more.
- • Raleigh was one of the first cities to endorse the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement’s plan for greenhouse-gas emission reduction. Learn more.
- • In 2009, our city was also singled out for Project Get Ready, an initiative to install plug-in electric stations across Raleigh to gear up for electric and hybrid vehicles. Learn more.
- • The Raleigh Convention Center has been awarded USGBC Silver LEED Certification. Learn more.
- • In partnership with Cree, Raleigh is the first “LED City” in the world, recognizing more than a 40% energy savings as municipal garages switch to LED lighting. Learn more.
- • Greater Raleigh can claim host to more than 20 LEED Certified projects.
- • Greater Raleigh has over 152 miles of hiking and greenway trails for discovering the unexpected and getting back to nature. Learn more.